Violent Femmes have announced a live album, 2 Mics & The Truth: Unplugged & Unhinged in America, which includes rearranged classics, songs played live for the first time, spontaneous requests and random improvisations.
While visiting radio stations to support their latest record I CAN DO ANYTHING, Violent Femmes and their talented backing band of multi-instrumentalists recorded this live record using special equipment and recording techniques to capture an ideal sound.
“This is the first time we’ve delivered a full scale recording to the public which captures the sound and spirit of the band the way we play together when we’re working out songs in the hotel or dressing room,” says bassist Brian Ritchie. The intriguing vulnerability of a live show captured in a refined recording is unable to be matched by a polished studio session.
Ritchie explains further, “This project refocuses attention upon the repertoire as a whole by stripping songs to their essentials, conveying them without artifice and removing them from any timelines. It’s the closest we’ve gotten to the essence of Violent Femmes.”
2 Mics & The Truth: Unplugged & Unhinged in America will be available on July 7—the same day their North American tour begins—and is available for preorder here. On July 11, their co-headlining tour with Echo & The Bunnymen begins. You can check out their tour dates below, along with a recent performance by Violent Femmes in the Paste Studio.
Violent Femmes Tour Dates:
07 — Grand Rapids, Mich. @ 20 Monroe Live
08 — Toronto, Ontario @ Massey Hall
09 — Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
11 — Philadelphia, Pa. @ Skyline Stage at The Mann
12 — Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island
14 — Asbury Park, N.J. @ Stone Pony Summerstage
15 — Boston, Mass. @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
17 — Pittsburgh, Pa. @ Stage AE
18 — Detroit, Mich. @ Meadow Brook Amphitheatre
19 — Columbus, Ohio @ Express Live Outdoor Stage
21 — Milwaukee, Wis. @ BMO Harris Pavilion
22 — St. Louis, Mo. @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
23 — Chicago, Ill. @ Huntington Bank Pavilion
25 — Kansas City, Mo. @ Crossroads KC
26 — Denver, Colo. @ Fillmore Auditorium
29 — Costa Mesa, Calif. @ Pacific Amphitheatre
30 — Saratoga, Calif. @ Mountain Winery
01 — Portland, Ore. @ Oregon Zoo Amphitheatre
02 — Seattle, Wash. @ Woodland Park Zoo Amphitheatre
03 — Vancouver, British Columbia @ PNE Amphitheatre